HOULTON, Maine — A Houlton man accused of failing to report a severe fireplace in Littleton that broken the jail administrator’s house in June 2021 was sentenced in Houlton District Courtroom Monday afternoon.
Tyler McCluskey, 38, of Houlton pleaded responsible to aggravated prison mischief, a Class C felony, for his position in a June 22, 2021, automobile fireplace in Littleton that broken the house of Aroostook County Jail Administrator Craig Clossey.
The Closseys have been house on the time and thought they have been being focused due to Craig Clossey’s job with the jail.
Choose Patrick Larson accepted the state’s advice of a four-year jail sentence, with all however 5 months suspended, and two years probation.
As a part of his probation, McCluskey should comply with substance use dysfunction therapies. He should additionally present restitution of $2,000 to Clossey, $1,750 to the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Workplace and $20,000 to State Farm Insurance coverage.
McCluskey was driving a automobile loaned to him by Curt DeWitt when one thing brought on the floorboard of the automobile to catch fireplace. McCluskey deserted the automobile, which rolled into Clossey’s house, and fled the realm at roughly 3 a.m., in line with Assistant District Legal professional Kari Wells-Puckett.
Police positioned McCluskey about 3.4 miles from Clossey’s home that very same night. McCluskey was already on probation for a home violence cost.
McCluskey advised the courtroom he was remorseful for his actions, saying, “I didn’t intend to hurt anybody. I don’t keep in mind a variety of it.”
Craig Clossey additionally addressed the courtroom, recounting the fear his household skilled. He stated his first ideas have been of the double homicide that occurred in Oakfield on Sept. 13, 2013.
“Thank God it wasn’t,” he stated. “Had I recognized this was Tyler, who I’ve recognized perpetually, I’d have gone out and helped him. We dwell in a really rural space, and also you don’t anticipate one thing like this might occur.”
Clossey stated he heard the sound of an airbag exploding and heard automobile alarms going off. He raced exterior to seek out the automobile engulfed in flames round 4 a.m. Uncertain if he was being focused for his position because the county jail administrator, Clossey stated he feared for the protection of his household.
Valerie Eldredge, sufferer and witness advocate from the district lawyer’s workplace, learn an announcement from Jacqueline Clossey, asking the courtroom to think about a robust sentence.
“There’s a clear sample of habits that I hope the courtroom will acknowledge,” Eldredge learn. “With the [sentencing] settlement because it stands, it’s nearly just like the evening of the fireplace by no means occurred. I’m nonetheless processing the trauma that my baby skilled and I don’t sleep as soundly as I did earlier than.”